Angry reception for EU car CO2 law proposal

European commission plans to cut new car emissions to 130g/km by 2012 "repressive", say carmakers

The European commission tabled draft legislation on Wednesday that would force carmakers to reduce average carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from Europe's new car fleet to 130 grams per kilometre (g/km) by 2012 (EED 07/02/07).

The target must be achieved through improvements in engine technology alone. Compliance would be encouraged by establishing increasingly severe financial penalties from 2012 to 2015 for carmakers that miss their targets (see details of the proposal in separate article, this issue).

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